The Dodgers will draft 24th and 35th in June. Hold onto your red grading pens.

James Shields

The San Diego Padres won’t draft until 41st overall in June because they signed James Shields. (Getty Images)

When James Shields‘ contract with the San Diego Padres becomes official — he’s reportedly agreed to terms on a four-year contract — the Dodgers will hold the 35th overall pick in the June draft.

That’s in addition to the 24th overall pick that was theirs by virtue of their 2014 regular season record.

None of this became official until today, when the 2015 draft order was finally set. Why did it take so long?

Because Shields rejected a qualifying offer from the Kansas City Royals before signing with the Padres, the Padres forfeited the 13th overall pick in the draft (and won’t draft until the 41st overall pick). And because Shields was the last unsigned free agent who’d rejected a qualifying offer, every team can confidently say where it will pick June 8.

That’s the short version of what went into setting the draft order; BaseballAmerica.com has a nice breakdown of the particulars.

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Dodgers sign their fourth and seventh-round draft picks; more than half of 2014 picks signed.

Fourth-round draft pick Jeff Brigham and seventh-round draft pick Trevor Oaks have signed with the Dodgers. Six of the team’s first 10 draft picks are now under contract.

Brigham, a right-handed pitcher from the University of Washington, signed for his assigned slot value of $396,300. Oaks, a right-hander from Division II California Baptist University, signed for just under slot.

The Dodgers are known to have signed 21 of their 40 draft picks, including their second, third, fourth, fifth, and seventh-round selections. First-round draft pick Grant Holmes headlines the list of unsigned players; the Dodgers have some wiggle room to spend more than Holmes’ assigned slot value of $1,980,500.

The Dodgers announced 10 other players who signed this week: 13th-round selection Ryan Taylor (RHP, Arkansas Tech), 14th-round selection Kelvin Ramos (SS, San Jacinto College North), 15th-rounder Joe Broussard (RHP, Louisiana State), 17th-rounder David Wampler (SS, Indiana St.), 18th-rounder Clint Freeman (1B, East Tennessee St.), 20th-round selection Brian Wolfe (OF, Washington), 21st-rounder Osvaldo Vela (SS, Oklahoma Baptist), 22nd-round selection Charles “Bubby” Rossman (RHP, Cal-State Dominguez Hills), 26th-round selection Deion Ulmer (2B, Holmes JC), 31st-rounder Derrick Sylvester (RHP, Southern New Hampshire).

Carson Baranik, the Dodgers’ 33rd-round pick out of Louisiana-Lafayette University, announced his signing via Twitter.

Dodgers sign two draft picks, reportedly agree to terms with a third.

The Dodgers announced two more 2014 draft picks have signed contracts: 10th-rounder Colin Hering (OF, Coastal Carolina) and 16th-rounder Devan Ahart (OF, University of Akron).

In addition, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reportedDodgers sign that LSU closer Joe Broussard, the Dodgers’ 15th-round draft pick, agreed to terms Tuesday.